Corvin’s First Track Meet – 4/24/2018

Corvin joined track this year and had his first meet. Danelle snapped a few photos of the action.

People watching between events keeps things interesting. There was one mother that was the complete definition of being self absorbed! Two different times, she walked across the track causing a runner to have to slow down not to hit her. I’m not sure she noticed either time. Then later, she walked right in front of the kids performing the softball throw. Danelle and I wished a kid had hit her so she would start paying attention. Drove us crazy for sure!

Hogan Haake

START Mentor Hike – 4/18/2018

Danelle spends a lot of time volunteering with the Missouri Stream Team.  She started with them in college doing water quality monitoring.  Now she helps with a variety of things, including planning and attending river clean-ups, doing water monitoring with River des Peres Watershed Coalition during Bike With Your Boots On, and being on the board of Stream Teams United.  She recently became one of the first START mentors – a group of trained monitors who help newly trained monitors gain confidence and experience.  As a ‘thank you’ for signing up, the Stream Team organized a special guided hike of the LaBarque Creek Conservation Area with Mike Leahy, Natural Areas Coordinator with MDC.

A tiny snake met us as we started up the path into the conservation area.  While it looks big in the photo, its head was less than a half inch wide.

Spring flowers were just coming out, including these Dutchmen’s breeches.

Mike described the unique sandstone geology of the area and how that made it different from most other nearby streams which are in limestone geology.

There are many interesting rock formations in the conservation area, including places like this where the stream flows through a hole in a large rock down into a cavernous grotto.

Our new mentor team enjoyed wearing the bright yellow vests to keep track of each other.

More new spring flowers, this time rue anemone (above) and yellow bellwort (below).

Karen took the opportunity at a brief rest stop to tell us a bit about her knowledge of the region.

Spring wildflowers weren’t the only new growth.  These fiddle-heads would soon become fern fronds.

We all enjoyed the opportunity to have an inside look at one of the newest and most unique conservation areas in the St. Louis region.

Danelle Haake

Walking To The Bank – 4/17/2018

Spring is here, and we needed to get out of the house. I had a few checks to take to the bank, so I brought the whole family along. Its a little over a mile walk to the bank. The kids were not completely into the walk, but I found ways to entertain them.

And how did I entertain them? With a phone booth… Not that they really knew what it was.

Hogan Haake

 

Pheona’s First Communion – 4/15/2018

I was invited to my goddaughter’s first communion. I would have brought family along with me, but the mass was at 7:30 am and I had stuff to do late the day before. So I left at 5am Sunday morning to drive to Jeff City. I don’t think they expected me to show up, but they were all grins!

Pheona and I.

Sean and I up to no good!

All the Godwin kids together!

After the mass, we went out to breakfast and then hung out at their house for a few hours.

Eventually it was time for me to head home. I went the long way enjoying the Missouri countryside!

Hogan Haake